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Kings Make it Four Straight Wins With 4-2 Victory Over Capitals

The win also marked Copley’s 20th with the Kings. Making him the fastest to 20 wins in his career.



The Los Angeles Kings extended their win streak to four games after beating the Washington Capitals 4-2.

The Kings dominated the first frame.

They ended it outshooting the Capitals 19-3 but were unable to beat Darcy Keumper in net.

Gabe Vilardi was the best player on either team. Drawing a penalty after dancing Rasmus Sandin midway through the period.

He finished with four shots in the period and was driving play for his line.

After Todd McLellan mentioned wanting his second line to shoot more at morning skate. Viktor Arvidsson led the Kings with five shots in the first. 

The Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy pairing continued their solid player. With the Kings outshooting the Capitals 8-0 with that pair on the ice.

It was a first period for new forward Zack MacEwen, who's play style is evident early. Direct, north-south physical hockey.

The Kings finished the period with 1:52 of power play time.

The Kings continued to dominate the game into the third, but found themselves down 1-0 at 11:39.

Rasmus Sandin swiped at a puck while falling and beat Pheonix Copley with a weak effort five hole. 

The lead didn't last long though. Two minutes later, Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala exchanged a nice give-and-go that ended with Fiala putting a shot on net. Kuemper fought the effort off, but Gavrikov crashed the net and deposited the rebound for his first goal as a King.

With just 33 seconds remaining in the period, Phil Danault tipped home an Arvidsson one-timer from the point to put the Kings up 2-1 late in the period. 

It was the second goal for the five man unit of Gavrikov-Roy-Fiala-Danault-Arvidsson.

Penalties were the Kings' biggest enemy in the third. After getting a power play, the Kings negated their third man advantage of the night by taking a penalty of their own.

They they took a penalty at four-on-four. Giving the Capitals a long 5-on-3 after a few seconds of 4-on-3.

Alex Ovechkin got five looks from his office and on the fifth one buried past Copley to tie the game. 

The Kings quickly recovered and got back on their game.

A few minutes after the game was tied up. Quinton Byfield took the puck wide and fed Mikey Anderson in front, who buried over Kuempfer's shoulder to put the Kings up 3-2.

The Kings shut it down for the remainder of the game. And with two seconds left, Adrian Kempe netted his 30th goal of the season into the empty net.

The win also marked Copley's 20th with the Kings. Making him the fastest to 20 wins in his career. 

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